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American Studies Colloquium Series

October 24: A Short History of Virality

October 17, 2019

Marta Figlerowicz from Yale University will discuss the phenomenon of virality and how it has been gradually theorized over the years. She will also explain how viral network events are represented in American cinema nowadays.

American Studies Colloquium Series

October 17: Objects and Technofeelia: Love in Contemporary Technoculture

October 10, 2019

It will be the first lecture from the American Studies Colloqium Series this academic year! Doctor Anna Malinowska from University of Silesia will explain the semiotic and material dimensions of love and how those two impact the ontologies of loving in technoculture.

Year 2019/2020

October 10: A Backward Glance Over the Much-Traveled Road of Postmodern Fiction

October 2, 2019

The lecture, given by Heinz Ickstadt, a Professor Emeritus in Kennedy Institut of Freie Universität in Berlin, will discuss the instability of the term “postmodernism” and the different shades of meaning it has gained from changing historical contexts as well as via the differing perspectives of a variety of disciplines.

Year 2019/2020

October 7: The US and Today’s Global Challenges

October 1, 2019

Daniel Fried, the US Department of State Assistant Secretary and former US Ambassador to Poland will spea of contemporary global challenges and how the US deals with them.

Year 2018/2019

June 6: Crisis in Venezuela: Why it Matters?

June 6, 2019

In this lecture former PAP Correspondent and Ambassador to Brazil and Venezuela, Krzysztof Jacek Hinz, is going to speak about the complexity and importance of the economical crisis occurring currently in Venezuela.

American Studies Colloquium Series

May 16: Haunted by Hill House: Shirley Jackson, Housewife Horrors and the Politics of Fame

March 27, 2019

In this lecture Patrycja Antoszek from the Catholic University of Lublin will talk about Shirley Jackson’s personal experiences as a mother, full-time housewife and wife of a famous literary critic, that inspired her highly provocative and original stories, dominated by the Gothic tropes of haunted heroines, enclosed spaces and female madness.

American Studies Colloquium Series

April 25: Ghosts and Anchors: Translingualism in Contemporary US Poetry

March 27, 2019

This lecture considers translingualism as creative and dynamic experiment in contemporary U.S. poetry. Piotr Gwiazda from the University of Pittsburgh will discuss how it influences literary work of first- and second-generation immigrants to America.

Year 2018/2019

March 28: Crime Narratives in the Age of Trump: A Manifesto

March 27, 2019

In this talk David Schmid, from University at Buffalo, will argue that the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States provides the cultural critic in general and the cultural critic of crime narratives. For this purpose, he will examine a series of related issues about what televisual, filmic, and written narratives of crime from a variety of geographical and geopolitical spaces.

American Studies Colloquium Series

March 14: Defining State-Private Network. American Freedom Committees During the Cold War

March 14, 2019

In this lecture Anna Mazurkiewicz from the University of Gdańsk focuses on the fate of the political exiles who had left the Communist-dominated regions and entered into complex relations with the Americans during the Cold War.

American Studies Colloquium Series

March 7: Transnational Identities and Behaviors among Solidarity Refugees in the US

March 1, 2019

Mary Erdmans during the presentation outlines the political transnational activities and identities of Solidarity refugees in the United States (mainly Chicago and California) during the late 1980s. She also focuses on several factors influencing the return of the Solidarity refugees, who re-migrated to Poland after 1989.

American Studies Colloquium Series

February 28: The Diva Project: Analyzing Stardom in American Pop Culture

January 28, 2019

This presentation discusses the films Mahogany and Dreamgirls, as well as analyzes female super stars, such as Diana Ross, Whitney Houston and Beyonce in order to highlight the connection between on-screen and off-screen performance. Jaap Kooijman examines the common trope in African American female superstardom that commercial success comes at the expense of “authentic blackness.”

American Studies Colloquium Series

January 17: Nuclear Afterlives: Toxicity and Nonhuman Embodiments in the Anthropocene

January 17, 2019

In this talk Alison Sperling focuses on environmental records made legible in the Anthropocene, namely the radionuclides, as the result of nuclear fission and thermonuclear explosions in the biosphere, which have since inscribed themselves into all bodies, human and nonhuman, biological and geological alike. She will attempt to challenge what it might mean to flourish in and despite of a toxic Anthropocene.

American Studies Colloquium Series

December 13: Humanities after Blackfish

December 13, 2018

Gerry Canavan in this talk discusses the anti-Sea-World documentary BLACKFISH, as a paradigmatic text of the Anthropocene and a fascinating story gesturing towards multiple possible futures for the relationship between humans and animals.

American Studies Colloquium Series

December 6: Sensory Interface and Algorithmic Desire in a Society of Anticipation

December 6, 2018

The digitally enhanced capitalism promotes anticipatory experimentalism as a novel foundation of American morals, revealing that the provisional is the ultimate object of desire. This lecture demonstrates how the optimization-fixated sensory media algorithmically feed-forward the data, thus promulgating a forever accomplished future.

Year 2018/2019

December 5: The Promised Land of American Integration

December 5, 2018

Ryszard Piasecki, a professor of the University of Lodz, and a former Ambassador to Chile, will discuss the myth of the integration in America as the so-called Promised Land.

American Studies Colloquium Series

November 22: Ethnography of New Culinary Elites: Gastronomic Heritage, Gender and Neoliberal Multiculturalism in Oaxaca

November 22, 2018

This presentation focuses on the rise of new culinary female elites in Oaxaca to present the role female cooks play in the process of heritagization of local foodways.

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